Overwatch League Returns This Weekend With Summer Showdown Tournament

The OWL's latest announcement also comes with changes to Overwatch's hero pools and more.

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After wrapping up its May Melee tournament a few weeks back, the Overwatch League is set to return this weekend with matches that extend all the way into the first week of July.

Starting on Saturday, June 13 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT, all 20 OWL teams will play matches in their respective regions and time zones similar to the May Melee. This means teams in North America--Atlanta Reign, Los Angeles Valiant, Vancouver Titans, etcetera--will play against each other, while those in Asia--Chengdu Hunters, New York Excelsior, Seoul Dynasty, and the like--will battle each other.

This will culminate in the Summer Showdown (July 3-5), the tournament that concludes the latest OWL season. All 20 teams will participate in their respective competition--the North American and Asian brackets--and will compete for a $275,000 prize. The winner receives $50,000; second-place teams get $25,000; third- and fourth-placers will be given $10,000; and each tournament a team wins grants them an additional $5,000 on top.

With the OWL returning this weekend, the organization has announced how Hero Pools will be handled during this latest set of matches. They will now last two weeks instead of one, and once they lapse, the following two weeks will see no Hero Pools; all the characters will be playable. This rotation will last until the Summer Showdown in July, which will make all Overwatch heroes available to play. The Hero Pool selection this time consists of Brigette, D.Va, Echo, and Sombra, and will be in effect until the start of Week 21 on June 27.

In other Overwatch news, developer Blizzard recently celebrated the game's four-year anniversary. The company released a bunch of new skins and sold other goodies like apparel, Funko Pops, statues, and more. On top of this, the studio implemented a new patch that included an overhauled chat wheel and other changes.

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